In most cases, termites are the type of pest to show themselves at many different points in time before you have major damage issues. The key is knowing the signs of termites, where to look and what to look for based on how the pests behave and what their infestations look like or leave behind. A pest control professional is a great investment in your home, because services like those from Orange Environmental Services are able to perform regular pest checks and prevention services, including a termite inspection.
These are some of the areas of your home or building to search for signs of termites based on where termites are known to infest.
Cracks and Crevices
The most common way for a termite to enter your home is through cracks in the foundation or parts of your structure that is rotting. A termite infestation can be detrimental to your home structure if it is already rotting in the infested area. Inspect your home for small cracks and crevices in the foundation and structure that may be susceptible to a termite infestation.
Termites will use any route necessary to get into your home, even it is a ripped window screen. Termites typically stay on ground level but are good climbers. They can scale the side of your home to get into broken screens. Close windows or make sure all screens are completely intact to prevent termites from entering your home.
Sources of Water
Termites need water to survive so they will forever be in search of a new source. Check around any water sources in and outside your home for the termites or any indications that they have been there, such as discarded wings. If you have any water leaks, it is important to repair and maintain pipes as a form of termite control to prevent a termite colony from establishing itself.
Regularly check the wood foundation and exposed wood construction of your home to determine if there has been any termite damage. Termites eat through wood, and they are going to be living in the wood they've eaten through. Look for holes in solid wood structures, Mud tubes are also another telltale sign of a termite colony living in your wood.
Stacks of Wood
Termite is attracted to wood. If you stack firewood near your house termites may infest the stack and move onto your house next. Routinely check wood stacks to make sure there is no termite infestation on your property. Do not stack wood directly against your home.
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Termites can cause a lot of damage fast, making termite control important, so arrange for professional treatment as soon as you see the signs. Hire a professional pest control company like Orange Environmental Services to treat your home or building. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!